Aston Villa sack Alex McLeish
15 May 2012, 10:27
Birmingham - Aston Villa on Monday fired their manager Alex McLeish
after just one season in charge of the English Premier League club.
who suffered relegation with Villa's arch rivals Birmingham City last
season, was never a popular choice with the fans and he struggled to win
them over during a campaign in which his side won only seven of 38
A statement on Villa's website (www.avfc.co.uk) said that McLeish's contract has been terminated with immediate effect.
club has been disappointed with this season's results, performances and
the general message these have sent to our fans," it said.
board wishes to assure supporters that we are conscious in every sense
that Villa expects and deserves more and we will strive to deliver
Villa chairman Randy Lerner said: "We need to be clear and
candid with ourselves and with supporters about what we have lacked in
"Compelling play and results that instil a sense of confidence that Villa is on the right track have been plainly absent.
most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our
options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club's
potential and embraces our collective expectations."
suffered a woeful run of form in the Premier League, finishing in 16th
place, two points above relegated Bolton Wanderers, and ending with a
2-0 defeat at Norwich City that earned a stinging rebuke from the Scot.
was an unacceptable performance in Aston Villa colours," McLeish, whose
side failed to win any of their last 10 league matches told the club's
website. "I have to change that. There will be change."
Athletic manager Roberto Martinez was in the frame for the Villa job
before it was offered to McLeish last year and after another stirring
finish to the season for his side he will be among the favourites to